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Luis Rojas, a former New York Mets manager, has been interviewed by the New York Yankees to fill a vacant position as a base coach. According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal & Lindsey Adler.
Rosenthal said that Rojas made a positive impression.
After two disappointing seasons in Flushing, the Mets declined Rojas' 2022 option. As manager, the 40-year old went 103-119 and the club missed both the playoffs.
The Yankees had a disappointing 2021 season. They lost 6-2 to the Boston Red Sox in a humiliating American League Wild Card Game. Although many thought that Aaron Boone would lose his job, Brian Cashman gave him a three year extension.
Instead, the Yankees parted ways with other coaches. There is an opening for a first-base coach. Reggie Willits, who left the Yankees to become a volunteer assistant baseball coach at the University of Oklahoma, has been offered the job. New York has an opening for third base coaches after Phil Nevin's contract was terminated.
According to Kevin Acee, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Rojas was also interviewed last month for the San Diego Padres managerial job. Bob Melvin was hired instead by the club as skipper.
Rojas has the option of staying with the Mets, if he so chooses. ESPN reports that the club offered Rojas an unspecified position after he declined to accept his option.
Rojas was first manager of the Mets' Dominican Summer League Team in 2007. He then managed the Gulf Coast League Mets in 2008 and 2009. Rojas also coached Low A Savannah from 2012-2014 and High A St. Lucie between 2015-2016. He was then elected skipper of Double A Binghamton in 2018. He was the Mets' quality control coordinator for the 2019 season.